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Men's Fencers Post Strong Showings in North American Cup Season Finale

Michael Woo earned ninth in the Division I men's foil competition at the December North American Cup this weekend (Photo: Gil Talbot).

Milwaukee, Wis. – Three members of the Harvard men’s fencing team earned top-20 finishes in the Division I men’s foil event at the December North American Cup. Michael Woo placed ninth, while Brian Kaneshige nabbed 13th and Jerry Chang took 19th.

Woo, a freshman, went undefeated in pool play to earn a bye into the table of 64, where he toppled Ian McCue, 15-5. The Wayne, N.J., native next defeated Paul Won, 15-6, before dropping a close bout to Michael Dudley, 15-13, in the table of 16.

Kaneshige recovered from a loss in his first bout in pool play with four straight victories to earn an opening round bye in table competition and a 23 seed. In the table of 64, the sophomore edged John Crumpler, 15-10, and beat 10th-seed Sam Moelis, 15-7. Kaneshige fell to the seventh seed, Zain Shaito, 15-12.   

After fencing to a 5-1 record in his pools and a bye in the table of 128, Chang posted a 15-9 win over Michael Cho, but next lost a heartbreaker to Max Blitzer, 11-10.

The competition marked the end of the Division I World Cup season, where several members of the Crimson men’s foil squad have made their marks in the final standings and on the podium. At the November North American Cup, Chang picked up a gold medal in the junior men’s foil event and a bronze in the Division I men’s foil competition. Kaneshige placed 13th in junior men’s foil and 17th in the Division I event, while Woo took 15th in the junior event and 13th in the Division I competition.

The trio hits the strip for Harvard on Jan. 26 in the St. John’s Invitational in Queens, N.Y.